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Call sign:
Nan - Queen - Baker - King

PT-616 served the Navies of the United States and South Korea.

80' Elco Motor Torpedo Boat:

  • Laid down 24 March 1945 by the Electric Boat Co., Elco Works, Bayonne, NJ
  • Launched 24 July 1945
  • Completed 11 September 1945, placed in service and assigned to Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron FORTY TWO (PTRon 42) under the command of Lt. Comdr. James A. Danver, USNR
  • PTRon 42 was the only squadron commissioned after the cessation of hostilities. Although assigned to the Pacific Fleet, it was never shipped to the Pacific
  • Transferred 26 January 1946 to Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron FOUR (PTRon 4) under the command of LCDR John K. Williams, USNR
  • Placed out of service 28 January 1946
  • PTRon 4 was the training squadron, based at the MTB Squadrons Training Center, Melville, R.I. It was the largest squadron, having a peak of 28 boats in service at one time. When the training center was decommissioned on 15
    April 1946, PTRon 4 was assigned to the Operational Development Force, and based at Solomons, MD. It was the last squadron to be decommissioned, and its boats, PT's 613, 616, 619, and 620, which remained in service
    under the Operational Development Force, were the last World War II PT's in service in the Navy
  • Transferred to South Korea 24 January 1952 at Sasebo, Japan and named Gireogo (PT 25)
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 56 t.
  • Length 80'
  • Beam 20' 8"
  • Draft 5'
  • Speed 41 kts.
  • Complement 17
  • Armament: One 40mm, four 21" torpedoes, one 37mm deck gun and two twin .50 cal. Browning machine guns
  • Propulsion: Three 1,500shp Packard W-14 M2500 gasoline engines, three shafts.
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    PT-613, 616, 619 & 620 294k Personnel of ROK Navy stand at attention on board PT boat while Korean national anthem is played. Four patrol torpedo boats were added to ROK Navy when Vice Admiral Won IL Sohn, ROKN, accepted the vessels from U.S. Naval authorities in Sasebo, Japan. The transfer was made by Rear Admiral George C. Dyer, USN.
    National Archives photo 80-G-438008
    Joe Radigan

    There is no DANFS history available for PT-616
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